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Memorable Manitobans: John Matheson (c1814-1898)


Reportedly the last survivor of the Selkirk settlers, he came to Red River Settlement as an infant. On 17 December 1840 he married Catherine Pritchard in Red River Church, now St. John’s Cathedral. They had six children: John Pritchard Matheson, Alexander Matheson, Mrs. G. Sutherland, Mrs. Fraser, Mrs. F. Murray, and Samuel P. Matheson. In his early years he was a constable of the Hudson’s Bay Company and one of the most prominent and prosperous of settlers. He was proficient in the use of French and quick in becoming acquainted with Indian ways and language. Matheson settled in West Kildonan where he lived until 1875 when he moved to the Stonewall vicinity. He was a Presbyterian, and a Conservative in politics. He died at Grassmere on 8 October 1898. He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Last of Selkirk colonists,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 October 1898, page 3.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2015

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